So the story is Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry drew election-year fire from President Bush and other Republicans on Tuesday for saying college students could "get stuck in Iraq" if they do not study hard.
Some people thought that he was disrespecting the troops - I dont think so, he's essentially right. Anyway there was supposed to be more said according to the official speech copy that he left out, which was, "Just ask President Bush." Intending this to be a slam on Bush - now it ends up being a "botched joke".
At any rate the Right Wing Media and the GOP are jumping all over Kerry and trying to tear him a new one. Well this isnt your daddy's John Kerry ... he LET LOOSE on the ones talking smack about him, check it out:
"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq . It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.
The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.
Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won't work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq ."
Truly some awesome stuff. I'm glad him and the other Democrats are willing to start nutting up to Bush and the GOP. So congrats, Kerry, on your twins bungie-jumping back down into your Fruit of the Looms.